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Rasouli M, Atayi N, Sarvi Hampa M, Borimnejad L. Cyberchondria in Nursing Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic. JCCNC. 2022; 8 (1)
URL: http://jccnc.iums.ac.ir/article-1-339-en.html
1- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Qom Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Qom, Iran.
2- Professor, Nursing Care Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , l.borimnejad@gmail.com
Abstract:   (234 Views)
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic showed that this viral infection, in addition to acute physical complications, causes psychological problems, anxiety, stress, and exacerbation of Cybercondyria. The aim of this study was to assess the severity of Cyberchondria in nursing students in one of the provinces involved as being identified as the center of Covid-19 outbreak in Iran.  
  Methods: This descriptive cross sectional study was performed on 200 nursing students of Islamic Azad University in the involved province using an online questionnaire. The subjects were recruited by convenience sampling. The research instrument was the 15-item Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS-15), the link to which was sent to all nursing student. Data analysis was performed by descriptive statistics and independent t-test using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) program version 18. The significance level was set as   P<0.05.  
Results: The majority of the respondents (51.5%) were male, and 17.5% of them had a history of chronic diseases and did not refer to any physician due to self-medication and fear of the coronavirus. The mean score of Cyberchondria severity was 33.52 (5.59). There was a significant difference between the male and female students in the subscales of: Compulsion (P=0.000), Excessiveness (P=0.007), Reassurance (P=0.004), and Distress (P=0.000). Total Cyberchondria severity was not associated with the age and gender of the students.   
Conclusion: During Covid-19 outbreak, the nursing students were affected by some constructs of Cyberchondria that could be a sign of anxiety risk and may affect their health seeking behaviors and mental health. Therefore, psychological counseling is needed to be provided to this group of healthcare professionals.
Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2021/11/1 | Accepted: 2021/11/17 | Published: 2022/01/20

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